Used to create a printed version of a song demo, a commercial song or an instrumental melody. A Lead Sheet usually contains a melody with lyrics below and chord changes above, and is created on a single music staff. Lead Sheets are useful to copyright a work with the Library of Congress Copyright Office and for performance. (Sample)
Created on a single music staff with slashes and important rhythms and chord changes above. A second staff may be added below if the bass part is written out. Chord charts are useful for rehearsing a rhythm section and for session recording. (Sample)
A representation of a song using numbers such as 1, 4, 5, 6m, for instance, instead of chord names. Number charts are useful for players who don’t read music. They also come in handy when accompanying artists who require changing a song’s key. (Sample)
Piano/Vocals (solo voice with piano accompaniment)
These are usually created on three staves with the vocal melody and lyrics being on the top staff and a treble and bass piano accompaniment part being on staves two and three below. Chord changes also appear above the top piano staff so the player can either read the printed music or ad lib. (Sample)
Computer Generated Parts and Scores
With Finale Notation Software it is possible to input handwritten or printed music (from a single song or part, to full scores), and then have it printed in any desired key. This is very useful for singers or instrumentalists needing their music to be in a different key for rehearsal and performance.